Part one: It’s a Wonderful Life or how I’ve almost figured out prayer

April 6, 2009 — Leave a comment

Cash machine or Jimmy Stewart the bank manager?
In the 40 Day of Prayer devotional this morning, it talked about prayer being like inserting your card in a cash machine–but instead of typing in your password, you got on your knees and pleaded with the machine to give you money. The point was that we ask in faith, like typing in our password and out comes the money.

But that got me thinking….
The cash machine illustration is a good one, but it isn’t that simple. God is not a cash machine, though we often treat him like one. I like to think that all I do is go and insert my prayer, and God gives me the money/answer back. But the difference between God and a cash machine–and it’s a big one–is that God is in charge. He’s the bank manager and I have to go inside to ask for money. I tell Him my plans, and what I need to accomplish them. It reminds me of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. I have to go see George Bailey/Jimmy Stewart at the Savings and Loan if I want to buy a house.

But God is not really a bank manager because
1] God always has enough. He never runs out of ‘money’ for us.
2] I can never overdraw my account. God never tells me “Sorry, your account balance is zero. I can’t give you any more.”
3] He won’t say, “No, I’m not going to give you money because you’re a bad credit risk.” or “You screwed up big time the last time I gave you money.”
4] He has better plans for my life than I do.

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